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by Paul Robeson
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A Paul Robeson Collection. Paul Robeson (1898-1976). These songs are taken from six Victor 10" 78s. The recordings date from 1935-1941. Tracks 1-4 come from Porgy and Bess. Hearing Summertime sung by a bass baritone puts a different spin on it. Transfers from the original 78s by Bob Varney. The photo of Mr. Robeson was taken by the famous photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1941. Tracks 1 & 2: Victor 26359 issued in November 1939. Tracks 3 & 4: Victor 26358 issued in November 1939. Tracks...
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by Richard Crooks
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Le Reve - The Dream. From the opera Manon by Jules Massenet. Richard Crooks (1900-1972), tenor. Recorded May, 11, 1933 in New York City. Transfer by Bob Varney from the original 78: Victor 8421.
Topics: Crooks, Manon, Massenet, 78
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by Beethoven
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Beethoven; Symphony No. 8 in F Major. Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in April 1939 in New York City in Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center. Transfer from the original 78 set, RCA DM 908 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Beethoven, Toscanini, Symphony, 78
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by Jack Fina
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Bumble Boogie by Jack Fina. Freddy Martin (1906-1983) and his Orchestra. Jack Fina (1913-1970), piano. Factoids: Freddy Martin was active in the music industry from 1930 on as a saxophonist and band leader. He was the music director for Elvis Presley's first Las Vegas appearance. Jack Fina was with Martin's band for about 10 years starting in 1938. Bumble Boogie was used in a segment of the Disney film Melody Time in 1948. Transfer from the the original RCA Victor 10" 78 20-1829-B by Bob...
Topics: Martin, Fina, Boogie, 78
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by Hadda Brooks
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That's My Desire by Loveday & Kresa. Vocal by Hadda Brooks (1916-2002) with the Hadda Brooks Trio. Recorded in 1946. Ms. Brooks was a pianist, vocalist and composer. Active from around 1940 until 2000, she made many recordings and appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart and Kirk Douglas. Transfer from the original Modern Music 10" 78 147B by Bob Varney.
Topics: Brooks, Desire, Hadda, 78
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by Lena Horne
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Lena Horne Sings. Lena Horne (1917-2010), vocals. Issued in 1951 by MGM, this recording was released as a four record 10" 78 set, a 10" LP and a set of 45s. Transfer from the original 10" 78 set MGM 72 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Horne, MGM, 78
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by Georges Bizet
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Bizet: Carmen Suite. Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in 1939. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 set: J36 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bizet, Carmen, Beecham, 78
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by Beethoven
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Beethoven. Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67. Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In four movements: Allegro con brio, Andante con brio, Allegro, Allegro. Recorded in 1939 in studio 8H at Rockefeller Center in NYC. (Studio 8H is now home to "Saturday Night Live") Transfer from the original Victor 78 set: M-640 by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Beethoven, Toscanini, Symphony, 78
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by Franz Liszt
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Piano Music of Liszt. Gyorgy Sandor, piano. Recorded in 1945 (?). Transferred from the original Columbia Masterworks 78 RPM set MM-602. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Liszt, Sandor, Columbia, 78
Source: 78
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by Mozart
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Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in 1945. A 1947 magazine ad showed this recording priced at $3. That would be the equivalent of about $30.25 today and would buy only 16 minutes of music. Transfer from the original 78 RCA Victor set DM 1163 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Mozart, Beecham, Nachtmusik, 78
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by Chauncey Gray
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As Heard At The El Morocco. Chauncey Gray (1904-1984), Piano. Recorded in 1951. Transfer from "The Hit Record" four record 10" 78 RPM set H102 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Chauncey Gray, piano, 78
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by Enrico Caruso
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Enrico Caruso - Vesti La Giubba from I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo. Recorded March 17, 1907. This is the version with orchestral accompaniment and was the third recording of this piece by Caruso. From Victor 88061. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Caruso, Pagliacci, Leoncavallo, 78
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by Giuseppi Verdi
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Gilda's Aria from the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901). Lily Pons (1898-1976), soprano with the orchestra conducted by G. Cloez. Transfer from the original Decca Personality Series 78 XXP 6832 by Bob Varney. Recorded circa 1932.
Topics: Pons, Verdi, Rigoletto, 78
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by Jacques Offenbach
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Gaîté Parisienne. The music of Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) as orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal (1904-2003) for ballet. Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the mid 1940's RCA Victor began to experiment with using vinyl for some 78 rpm issues. The records were a translucent red vinyl and were issued with premium pricing. These issues were some of the best 78 rpm records ever made. This recording went on to become the first RCA Victor 33 1/3 rpm LP issue in...
Topics: Offenbach, Rosenthal, Fiedler, Victor, 78
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by Ignace Jan Paderewski
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Minuet in G, Op. 14, No. 1 by Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941). Performed by the composer. This is an acoustic recording. The recording date was May 23, 1917. Transfer from the original Victrola 12" single sided 78  #74533 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paderewski, Minuet, piano, acoustic, 78
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by Niccolo Paganini
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Paganini Recital. Ruggiero Ricci, violin and Louis Persinger, piano. Recorded in 1951. (I guess Vox was a bit late to the LP bandwagon.) Transferred from the original Vox 78 set VOX 614. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paganini, Ricci, Persinger, Vox, 78
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by Johann Strauss II
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Waltzes by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Fiedler conducted the Boston Pops from 1930 until 1979. This five record set was issued in 1940, but the five waltzes were recorded at various times from 1936 to 1938 and all appear to have been issued as singles. This set is unusual as the five records were made up of four 12" records and one 10". Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set M-445 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Strauss, waltz, Fiedler, Pops, 78
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by Maurice Ravel
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Pavane for a Dead Princess by Maurice Ravel. The Continental Symphony Orchestra led by Piero Coppola (1888-1971). Mr. Coppola was an Italian conductor, pianist, and composer. He conducted the first recordings of Debussy's La Mer and Ravel's Bolero.This is an early electrical recording: recorded in Paris October 14, 1927. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal Record 9306. (Mr. Coppola is not related to the film Coppolas.) Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Coppola, Ravel, Victor, Pavane, 78
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Scythian Suite, Op. 20 (1915) by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Désiré Defauw (1885-1960). Defauw was principal conductor for the CSO from 1943-1947. Previously, he conducted the Montreal Symphony and during the mid-50's conducted the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Michigan). Prokofiev channels Stravinsky in this piece that was originally commissioned by Diaghilev for ballet. Diaghilev rejected it and Prokofiev arranged it as an orchestral suite....
Topics: Scythian, Prokofiev, Defauw, Chicago, 78
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by Mozart
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Blonda's Aria from the opera Il Seraglio by Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791). Lily Pons (1898-1976), soprano with the orchestra conducted by G. Cloez. Transfer from the original Decca Personality Series 78 XXP 6925 by Bob Varney. Recorded circa 1932.
Topics: Seraglio, Mozart, Pons, 78, Opera
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by Maurice Ravel
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Bolero by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This recording was made in 1930 and was one of the first four recordings of this work; all made in that year. The original issue was RCA Victor's two-record set M-352. This transfer comes from the 1947 reissue DM-352. (The side four filler was the same for both: Gymnopedie No.1 by Satie/Debussy.) Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ravel, Bolero, Koussevitzky, BSO, 78
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by Cesar Franck
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Symphony in D minor by C ésar Franck (1822-1890). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded December 30, 1935 and January 15, 1936 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Stoky recorded this symphony once before in 1927, but wanted another go at it because of the advances in electric recording technology. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 6-record 78 set DM-300 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Franck, Stokowski, symphony, 78, Philadelphia
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by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op. 35 by Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908). The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux (1875-1964). Violin solo by Naoum Blinder. Recorded March 3 & 4, 1942 in the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Transfer from the original Victor 78 set DM-920 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Rimsky Korsakov, Monteux, Sceherazade, 78
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by Richard Wagner
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Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Recorded October 13, 1927 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. One of three recordings that day and one of ten over a three days! Released in April, 1928, it is considered the best recording of this work by Stoky, and remained in the Victor catalog well into the 1940's.Transferred from the original Victor 78: 6791 A & B. Transfer by Bob Varney.   
Topics: Wagner, Stokowski, Philadelphia, Victor, 78
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by Edvard Grieg
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Edvard Grieg. "Piano Concerto in A minor". Sir John Barbirolli conducting the New Symphony Orchestra. Wilhelm Bachaus, piano. In three movements: Allegro molto moderato, Adagio, Allegro moderato molto e marcato. Recorded in November 1932 in London in Abbey Road studio #1. Transfer from the original Victor set M-204 by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Grieg, Barbirolli, Bachaus, Concerto, 78
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by Ignace Paderewski
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Golden Anniversary Album. Ignace Paderewski, piano. Issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Paderewski's first Carnegie Hall concert (November 17, 1891), it also coincided with his death in June, 1941. Apparently, Victor sent the five record set out to stores with only four records; the buyer could make the fifth record their choice from other Paderewski recordings. In my set, the wild card record was the Beethoven/Paderewski. Probably  a common choice as it was a best seller for him. The dates...
Topics: Paderewski, piano, anniversary, Carnegie, 78
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), commonly known as the Classical Symphony. Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. This Columbia Masterworks set was released in 1940. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 set X-166 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Prokofiev, Mitroploulos, Minneapolis, Columbia, 78
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by Johann Strauss
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Blue Danube Waltz and Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss. Orchestration arranged by Leopold Stokowski. The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Recorded on April 9, 1939 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Transferred from the original Victor 12" 78 15425 by Bob Varney. Stokowski had already recorded the Blue Danube twice before, in 1919 and 1926. The three recordings trace the improvements in orchestral recording through the acoustical era, early...
Topics: Stokowski, Strauss, Philadelphia, Victor, 78
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by George Gershwin
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Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra with Alec Temple, piano. Recorded February 13, 1941 at Liederkranz Hall in New York City. (It's on E. 87th St.) Transferred from the original Columbia Masterworks 78rpm set X-196 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Gershwin, Rhapsody, Kostelanetz, Columbia, 78
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by Jack Larue
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Jammin' The Boogie. Jack Larue and His Quartet. Raymond "Jack" Larue (1902-1985), piano; Belvis W. Arch, bass; Charles Cook, guitar and Robert Cifax, drums. Recorded in 1944 and released in 1946. Transfer from the Aladdin Jazz Series 10" 78 136B by Bob Varney.
Topics: Larue, Jammin', Boogie, Aladdin, 78
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by Tchaikovsky
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Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Released in 1945. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set DM-1020 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky, Ormandy, Philadelphia, 78
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by Fritz Kreisler
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Violin Concerto in C (In the Style of Vivaldi) by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Donald Voorhees conducting the Victor String Orchestra, Fritz Kreisler, violin. Recorded May 2, 1945. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set DM 1070 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Kreisler, Voorhees, Victor, Violin, 78
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by Jack Larue
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Ringside Boogie. Jack Larue and His Quartet. Raymond "Jack" Larue (1902-1985), piano; Belvis W. Arch, bass; Charles Cook, guitar and Robert Cifax, drums. Recorded in 1944 and released in 1946. Transfer from the Aladdin Jazz Series 10" 78 136A by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ringside, Boogie, Larue, Aladdin, 78
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by Tchaikovsky
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Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in 1944. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set DM-1057 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, symphony, Koussevitzky, Boston, 78
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by Walter Piston
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Walter Piston (1894-1976). The Incredible Flutist - Ballet Suite. Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Commissioned by the BPO in 1938, this work premiered in 1939 and was recorded by the BPO on June 29, 1939 in Boston's Symphony Hall. Transfer from the original RCA 78 set: DM-621 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Piston, Fiedler, Pops, Flutist, 78
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by C.A. Bracco
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Serenata for Voice & Orchestra (Memories of a Concert) by C.A. Bracco. Enrico Caruso, tenor. (Caruso is given a credit for composition on the label.) C.A. Bracco was a mandolinist, violinist, composer and conductor. He was best known for his works for the mandolin. Josef Pasternack conducts the orchestra here in this aucustic recording made on September 11, 1919 in Camden, NJ. Transferred from the original Victrola 12", one-sided 78 88628 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Caruso, Bracco, Victrola, Serenata, 78
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by Basil Rathbone
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Robin Hood as written by Ralph Rose. Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) as Robin Hood. Chorus directed by Tudor Williams. Brass chorus directed by James Stagliano. The supporting cast includes Raymond Lawrence as a delightfully wicked Sheriff of Nottingham; Jay Novello as Will Stutley; Ramsay Hill as Friar Tuck; Tom Collins as Allan-A-Dale; John Goldsworthy as Much; Marvin Miller (perhaps the best-remembered of this group of players) as Little John; Joy Harrington as Maid Marian, the only female voice...
Topics: Robin Hood, Rathbone, Columbia, 78
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by Cole Porter
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Songs of Cole Porter. Risë Stevens (1913-2013), mezzo-soprano with the orchestra conducted by Sylvan Shulman. Recorded in 1946. Transferred from the original Columbia 78 set M-630. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Stevens, Shulman, Porter, Columbia, 78
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by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Prelude in G minor, Op.23, No.5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Performed by the composer. Recorded May 17, 1920 in Camden, New Jersey. An acoustic recording. Transferred from the original 12" single-sided disc by Bob Varney.
Topics: Prelude, piano, Rachmaninoff, 78, Victor
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by Tchaikovsky
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Romeo & Juliet Overture - Fantasy by Tchaikovsky. Originally composed in 1870, a final third version premiered in 1886 after revisions. Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)  leading the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Recorded April 8, 1946 in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set DM-1178 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Romeo, Juliet, Toscanini, 78
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by Rida Young & Chauncey Olcott
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Mother Machree. Lyrics by Rida J. Young and Chauncey Olcott. Music by Ernest Ball. Performed here by tenor William Robyn (1894-1996). Written in 1910, this song was for a show called "Barry of Ballymoore". It proved to be popular and was recorded many times over the years. Most recently, Tom Waits sang it in the Coen Brothers 2018 movie, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". Transfer from the original 1926 Cameo 2197 10" 78 by Bob Varney. This is an early electrical recording.
Topics: Mother, Machree, Robyn, Cameo, 78
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by Aaron Copland
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Appalachian Spring, a ballet by Aaron Copland. The Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitzky. This is the premier recording of Appalachian Spring, dating from 1945, the year following the ballet's first performance. Conductor Artur Rodzinski commissioned Copland to write an orchestral suite from the ballet score. Koussevitzky and the BSO promptly made a recording. Note that there are four performing versions of Appalachian Spring: 1944 (13-player complete), 1945 (orchestral...
Topics: Appalachian, Copland, Koussevitzky, Boston, 78
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by Frederic Chopin
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by Chopin (1810-1849). Edward Kilenyi, Jr. (1910-2000), piano. Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kilenyi made a number of recordings during his career and was a frequent concert performer. He completed his career teaching at Florida State University. His father (Edward Sr.) was also a noted musician and taught composition to George Gershwin for several years. Recorded in the Northrup Auditorium in...
Topics: Chopin, Kilenyi, Mitropoulos, Minneapolis, 78
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by Wojciech Osmański
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Garland of Home Melodies by Wojciech Osmanski (1834-1908). A collection of  Polish folk music. Originally composed for piano, the work is performed here by the Polish National Orchestra during what must have been an American tour in 1925. Actually, this recording has some historical significance. It was recorded in Camden, NJ on May 4, 1925, only a few days after Stokowski made the first electrically recorded orchestral performance in the same Victor studios. Is it the second electrically...
Topics: Garland, Melodies, Osmanski, Polish, National, Victor, 78
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Solenne in quest'ora (Swear in this hour) by Giuseppe Verdi. From La Forza del Destino. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (A side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Solenne, Verdi, Gigli, De Luca, Victor, 78
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by Tchaikovsky
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Marche Slave, Op.31 by Tchaikovsky. Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Recorded June 29, 1936. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 12006 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave, Fiedler, Boston, Victor, 78
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by Freddie Slack
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Here You Are by Robin and Rainger. Freddie Slack (1910-1965) and His Orchestra. David Street (1917-1971) vocals. Recorded May 21, 1942. Transfer from the original Capitol 10" 78 number 102 by Bob Varney.
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by Joseph Haydn
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Symphony No.101 in D major, "The Clock" by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Howard Barlow (1892-1972) conducting the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony. Recorded in New York City on July 8, 1940. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 set M-459 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Haydn, Symphony, Clock, Barlow, Columbia, 78
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by Hadda Brooks
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Humoresque Boogie by Hadda Brooks (1916-2002). The Hadda Brooks Trio. Recorded in 1946. Ms. Brooks was a pianist, vocalist and composer. Active from around 1940 until 2000, she made many recordings and appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart and Kirk Douglas. Transfer from the original Modern Music 10" 78 147A by Bob Varney.
Topics: Boogie, Humoresque, Brooks, Hadda, Modern Music, 78
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by Zoltan Kodaly
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Hary Janos: Suite by Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) performed by Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Recorded January 17, 1934. A couple of firsts here: the first recording of this work in the U.S. and the first multi-record set issued with Ormandy as conductor. This was a hectic period of recording by Ormandy and the MSO as they laid down over 100 recordings for RCA in the mid 30's. Transferred from the original RCA Victor 78 set: DM 197. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Kodlay, Janos, Ormandy, Minneapolis, RCA Victor, 78*
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by Robert Schumann
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Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op.44 by Robert Schumann. The Busch String Quartet with Rudolf Serkin, piano. Recorded May 22, 1942 at the Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks 78rpm set M-533. Transferred by Bob Varney.
Topics: Piano, Quintet, Busch, Serkin, Columbia, 78
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by Tchaikovsky
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Sleeping Beauty Ballet (Orchestral Suite) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Leopold Stokowski conducting his Symphony Orchestra. Recorded December 11-14, 1947 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Transfer from the original six-record RCA Victor Red Seal 78 set DM 1205 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty, Ballet, Stokowski, 78
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by Mozart
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Double Piano Concerto in E-flat, Op.10, K.365. Mozart. Artur Schnabel and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, piano with the LSO conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. One of the 20th Century greats teams up with his son for this wonderful recording. Recorded in London on October 28, 1936 at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. Transferred and restored from the original RCA Victor set DM 484. Transfer by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Schnabel, Boult, Mozart, Piano, RCA, Victor, 78
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by Carl Maria von Weber
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Overture to the opera Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber. Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston "Pops" Orchestra. Recorded June 29, 1937. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 disc 12043 by Bob Varney.
Topics: von Weber, Oberon, Fiedler, Boston, 78
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by Fritz Kreisler
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Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane (in the style of Couperin) by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Donald Voorhees conducting the Victor Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Kreisler, violin. Recorded May 2, 1945. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 set DM 1070 (side 11-9266-B) by Bob Varney.
Topics: Chanson, Pavane, Kreisler, Voorhees, Victor, 78
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by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Tchaikovsky. Dance of the Flutes (Danse des Mirlitons) from the Nutcracker ballet. Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Recorded February 13, 1922. This acoustic recording was issued on Victor ten inch disk 66128, matrix B-24938-6. This performance of the Dance of the Flutes demonstrates Stokowski's graceful, yet emphatic style with this suite of Tchaikovsky dances, which was to be demonstrated in the highly successful complete Nutcracker Suite electrical recording...
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker, Stokowski, Philadelphia, 78, acoustic
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by Wagner
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Richard Wagner: Overture to Rienzi. Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded November 18, 1926. An early electrical recording. Recorded at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Issued as Victor 6624 and 6625. This is an improved transfer compared to an earlier upload of this piece. Transferred from the original Victor 12" 78s by Bob Varney.
Topics: Wagner, Rienzi, Stokowski, Victor, 78, Philadelphia
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by George Olsen and His Music
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Fox Trots. George Olsen (1893-1971) and His Music. Olsen and his band recorded numerous times for Victor from 1924 until 1934 when he moved on to another label. Trivia: Olsen was a drum major in college at the University of Michigan. Also, a singer-saxophonist named Fred MacMurray was with the band in 1930. We know him better now for his film/TV career. This is an acoustic recording made at the time Victor was already switching over to the Westrix electrical recording system. Recorded October...
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by Franz Schubert
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Symphony No. 8 - Unfinished by Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828). Bruno Walter (1876 - 1962) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded March 2, 1947 in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks 78 set MM-699 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Schubert, symphony, unfinished. Walter, Philadelphia, 78
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by Gioachino Rossini
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Largo al Factotum (Make way for the Factotum) from Act One of The Barber of Seville by Rossini. Giuseppe de Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 2, 1917. Mr. de Luca was well known in the first half of the 20th century and recorded 36 tracks for Victor. Transferred from the original 12" single-sided Victor disc 74514 by Bob Varney.
Topics: de Luca, Barber, Rossini, Victor, 78, Factotum
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by Cesar Franck
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Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels) by Cesar Franck (1822-1890). This work comes from the opening section of the hymn Sacris Solemniis by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). Franck set the words for tenor voice, harp, cello and organ. In this performance, Leopold Stokowski conducts his own transcription for orchestra as performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded December 30, 1935 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal set DM-300 by Bob Varney....
Topics: Panis Angelicus, Aquinas, Franck, Stokowski, Philadelphia, 78
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by Frederic Chopin
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Chopin's Mazurka in A minor, Op.17, No.4 as orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra with solo trumpet by Saul Caston. Recorded at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on November 7, 1937. Transferred from the original 10" Victor Red Seal 78 disc 1855 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Chopin, Mazurka, Stowkowski, Victor, 78, Philadelphia
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by Freddie Slack
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Cow-Cow Boogie by Raye & DePaul. Freddie Slack (1910-1965) and His Orchestra. Ella Mae Morse (1924-1999) vocal. Recorded May 21, 1942. Released on July 1st, 1942, it shot to #1 on the Hit Parade by July 25th. Ms. Morse was only 17 when she made this recording. Ella Fitzgerald covered this with the Ink Spots in 1955. Transfer from the original Capital 10" 78 number 102 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Cow-Cow Boogie, Slack, Morse, 78
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by Johann Strauss
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Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss. Marek Weber (1888-1964) and His Orchestra. An acoustic recording. Recorded in Europe circa 1922. Mr. Weber went on to record frequently for many labels including Parlaphone, Electrola, Columbia and Victor. He left Germany in 1933 when the Nazis declared his music degenerate and settled in the united States. Transfer from the original Odeon 12" 78 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Danube, Waltz, Weber, Odeon, 78, acoustic
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by Richard Crooks
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Berceuse from "Jocelyn" (opera by the French composer Benjamin Godard). Richard Crooks (1900-1972), tenor with orchestra. Translation from French by S.J.Reilly. Recorded March 31, 1933 in New York City. Transfer from the original Victor 12" 78 8421-B by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Berceuse, Jocelyn, Godard, Crooks, Reilly, 78
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by Felix Mendelssohn
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Mendelssohn's Symphony No.3 in A minor, the "Scottish". Jose Iturbi conducting the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in 1940, most likely at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. (Nice sound from the Victor recording engineers.) Iturbi was the music director from 1936-1944. This orchestra was blessed with other well known music directors such as Christopher Seaman, Eugene Goossens, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, and Mark Elder. Transferred from the original Victor 78...
Topics: Mendelssohn, Symphony, Scottish, Iturbi, Victor, 78
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by Ezio Pinza
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Italian Songs of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Ezio Pinza (1892-1957), bass with Fritz Kitzinger, piano. Despite there being currently (2016) about 50 recordings on CD available by the greatest bass of the 20th Century, this recording is not among them, probably because of the very specialized material. Recorded in 1948. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set M-766 by Bob Varney. More details: Lasciatemi morire = Let death now come : from Arianna / Monteverdi ; trans. by P. Floridia Alma...
Topics: Pinza, Kitzinger, RCA Victor, 78, Italian, bass
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by Fritz Kreisler
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Two pieces for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Fritz Kreisler, violin and Franz Rupp, piano. Recorded in Europe on September 28, 1936. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 78 12" disc 14690 by Bob Varney.
Topics: piano, violin, Kreisler, Rupp, Victor, 78
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by Mozart
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Quintet in D Major for Strings, K.593 by Mozart. Milton Katmins, viola with the Budapest String Quartet. Recorded December 12 & 13, 1946 at the Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Transferred from the original Columbia 78 set MM-708 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Mozart, Quintet, Strings, Budapest, Columbia, 78
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by JS Bach
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Arioso from Cantata No.156 by JS Bach. Transcription for Orchestra by Leopold Stokowski. The NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Recorded November 27, 1941 at the Cosmopolitan Opera House in NYC. (As a native New Yorker, I'd never heard of this venue. I believe it refers to what is now the New York City Center on 55th Street. Originally the building was the "Mecca Temple, City Center of Music and Drama".)  Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 18498...
Topics: Bach, Arioso, Cantata, Stokowski, Victor, 78
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by Tchaikovsky
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Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 by Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), piano. Recorded May 6 and 14, 1941 in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set M-800 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Toscanini, Horowitz, Piano, Concerto, 78
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by Richard Strauss
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Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This 1945 RCA Victor recording was issued as one of the first widely distributed examples of vinyl used for commercial records. Named the "DV" series and saying "Red Seal Deluxe" on the label, the records for this 30-issue series were made from red vinyl and had a spiral design embedded in each disc. This was the first in the series, and preceded the...
Topics: Eulenspiegel's, Strauss, Boston, RCA, Victor, 78
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by Woody Herman
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I Didn't Know About You and Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) by Woody Herman and his Orchestra. I Didn't Know features Woody Herman's vocal and was recorded on April 5, 1944 in NYC. Saturday Night features a Frances Wayne vocal and was recorded in LA on February 24, 1945. This was one of Herman's last Decca releases before a dispute led him to switch to Columbia Records. Transferred from the original Decca 10" 78 18641 A & B. Transfer by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Herman, Decca, Saturday, I Didn't Know, 78
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by Benjamin Godard
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Lullaby (Berceuse) from the opera Jocelyn by Benjamin Godard (1849-1895). John McCormack, tenor. Fritz Kreisler, violin. Vincent O'Brien, piano. Recorded in New York City on March 25, 1914. Transferred from the original Victor (Victrola) 12" 78 single-sided disc 89106 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Lullaby, Berceuse, Godard, McCormack, Kreisler, Victor, 78
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by Antonio Bazzini
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Dance of the Goblins (La Ronde des Lutins) by Antonio Bazzini. Jascha Heifetz, violin. Andre Benoist, piano. Recorded December 19, 1917 in Camden, New Jersey. Heifetz was just 16 years old when he made this recording and had just had his American debut at Carnegie Hall a month before on November 7th. An acoustic recording. Transferred from the original 12" one-sided Victor disc 74570 by Bob Varney. A 1922 Victor catalog lists this recording for $1.75. That would be $24.70 in 2015 dollars.
Topics: Goblins, Heifetz, Bazzini, Victor, Benoist, 78
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by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Rimsky-Korsakov. The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Violin solo by Alexander Hilsberg. Recorded October 31 and November 1, 1947 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. If you listen closely to the last 25 seconds of the 4th movement, you can hear a dog bark. A microphone had been placed in an adjacent hallway to pick up more reverb from Mr. Hilsberg's violin and it also picked up the dog. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 rpm set MM- 772 by Bob...
Topics: Rimsky-Korsakov, Scherherazade, Philadelphia, Ormandy, 78
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by Robert Wright & George Forrest
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Song of Norway. Operetta written by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Edvard Grieg and the book by Milton Lazarus and Homer Curran. Original cast recording includes Lawrence Brooks, Helena Bliss, Robert Shafer and others from the original Broadway production. However, Kitty Carlisle filled in as the female lead, replacing Irra Petina who had contractual obligations to Columbia. Recorded in 1945. Transfer from the original six record Decca 78 set DA-382 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Song, Norway, Operetta, Carlisle, Decca, 78
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by Erik Satie
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Gymnopedie No.1 by Erik Satie (1866-1925) as orchestrated by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This recording dates from 1930 and was coupled with Bolero in RCA Victor's two-record set M-352. This transfer comes from the 1947 reissue of that same set as DM-352. Since this was a filler for side four, it wasn't even listed on the cover. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Satie, Gymnopedie, Debussy, Koussevitzky, BSO, 78
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by Giacomo Puccini
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Ah Mimi, tu piu (Ah Mimi, false one) from Act IV of La Boheme by Puccini. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (B side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Gigli, De Luca, Boheme, Puccini, Victor, 78, Piu
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by Nathaniel Shilkret
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Two Fox Trots. The International Novelty Orchestra conducted by Nat Shilkret. This orchestra was an in-house band for Victor and churned out many recordings in the 20's and 30's. This is an acoustic recording made just as Victor was about to change over to the new Westrix electrical recording system. Probably among the last recordings of the acoustic era. Recorded October 14 and 24th, 1924 in New York City. Transfer from the original Victor 12" 78 35748-B by Bob Varney. 
Topics: International Noveltry Orchestra, Shilkret, Fox Trot, 78, acoustic
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by Rimsky-Korsakov
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The Nightingale and the Rose by Rimsky-Korsakov. Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981), soprano accompanied by Romano Romani, piano. Recorded October 31, 1939. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 disc 16451A by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ponselle, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nightingale, Rose, Romani, Victor, 78
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by Georges Bizet
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Carmen by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Excerpts performed by the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus conducted by Georges S ébastian (1903-1989). Carmen - Ris ë Stevens (1913-2013), Don Jos é - Raoul Jobin (1906-1974), Mica ëla - Nadine Conner (1907-2003), Escamillo - Robert Weede (1903-1972). Recorded December 31, 1945 and January 14 & 15, 1946. Transfer from the original 5-record Columbia 78 rpm set MM-607 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Carmen, Bizet, Stevens, Sébastian, Jobin, Conner, Weede, Columbia, Opera, 78
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by Meyer and Bryan
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Row, Row, Rosie by Meyer and Bryan. The Manhattan Dance Makers with vocals by Arthur Fields (1884-1953). Mr. Fields made the 1919 recording that popularized Irving Berlin's "Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning". Recorded in New York City on August 6, 1925. This is an acoustic recording. Transfer from the original Harmony 10" 78 # 140815 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Row Row Rosie, Meyer, Bryan, Dance Makers, Fields, Harmony, 78
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by Jean Gilbert & Harry Graham
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Leander - Fox Trot from the musical comedy Katja, The Dancer by Jean Gilbert and Harry Graham. The show had its premier in London in February 1925. This recording was made in New York City on October 29, 1926 by George Olsen and His Music. Vocals by Bob Borger, Fran Frey, and Bob Rice. Transferred from the original Victor 10" black label 78 disc 20289-B by Bob Varney.
Topics: Leander, Fox Trot, Gilbert, Graham, Olsen, Victor, 78
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by Jan Savitt & Al Stillman
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Now And Forever by Savitt and Stillman. (Adapted from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 - Path étique). Freddy Martin (1906-1983) and His Orchestra with vocal by Artie Wayne. This music was used in the Howard Hughes 1943 film "The Outlaw". Transfer from the original RCA Victor 10" 78 20-1829-A by Bob Varney.
Topics: Now and Forever, Savitt, Stillman, Martin, Wayne, 78, Outlaw
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by George Gershwin
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Highlights from Porgy and Bess. George Gershwin. Lawrence Tibbett (Porgy), Helen Jepson (Bess) with Alexander Smallens and Nathaniel Shilkret conducting the orchestra and chorus from the original Broadway production. This was the premier recording of music from Porgy and Bess and was recorded in October, 1935, just days after the New York City premier. Note that Tibbett and Jepson were white. For recordings with original cast members, see Decca's records from the early '40s or Columbia's...
Topics: Gershwin, Porgy, Bess, Tibbett, Jepson, Smallens, Shilkret, 78, opera
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by Antonin Dvorak
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Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World" (1893) by Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904). George Szell (1897 - 1970) conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937. Transferred and restored from the original Victor 78 set DM 469. (Note that when this recording was made, this symphony was identified as No. 5.) Transfer by Bob Varney. Note: This item was re-recorded in August 2018 to achieve better sound quality.
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Topics: Dvorak, Szell, Czech Philharmonic, Symphony, 78 New World
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On Wings of Dream by Anton Arensky. Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981), soprano accompanied by Romano Romani, piano and Mischa Elman, violin. (There's a typo on the record label: it reads "Mischa Violin" instead of "Mischa Elman".) Recorded November 1, 1939. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 disc 16451B by Bob Varney.
Topics: Wings, Dream, Arensky, Ponselle, Romani, Elman, Victor, 78
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by Beethoven
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Arturo Toscanini conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in 1937 at Queen's Hall, London. Transfer from the original 78 RPM RCA Victor set M-417. (Re-recorded with a new transfer posted 1/3/17.)
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Topics: Beethoven, Toscanini, Symphony No. 6, classical, historical, 78
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by Mozart
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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No.13 for Strings in G Major, K.525) by Mozart. The Pro Arte Quartet with Claude Hobday, double bass. Recorded in 194_? Transfer from the original RCA Victor 12" 78 set M-428 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Nachtmusik, Mozart, Pro Arte, RCA Victor, 78, Hobday
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by Ernesto Lecuona
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The Music of Ernesto Lecuona. Piano compositions by Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963). The First Piano Quartet: Adam Garner, Vladimir Padwa, Frank Mittler and Edward Edson. Active from 1941 until 1972, the quartet made many recordings, performed numerous concerts and even received an Academy Award nomination in 1954 for a movie short in which they appeared: "The First Piano Quartette". This recording dates from 1948. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set CO 41 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Lecuona, piano, quartet, Garner, Padwa, Mittler, Edson, 78
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by Isham Jones
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I'm Tired Of Everything But You by Isham Jones (1894-1956). The Harmony Dance Orchestra, which is a pseudonym for the William Conrad Polla's Orchestra. (William Conrad Polla 1876-1939) Recorded in New York City on August 10, 1925. This is an acoustic recording. Transfer from the original Harmony 10" 78 #140829 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tired of Everything, Jones, Harmony, Polla, acoustic, 78